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China’s stranglehold on gold medals came to a temporary halt as Hong Kong stunned them in the marquee men’s 4x100 metres relay on the penultimate day of the 20th Asian athletics championships at Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi on Saturday.

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Sprinters during the men’s 4 x 100 metres relay at the Asian Athletics meet in Pune. PIC/Krunal Gosavi

Hong Kong runner Chi Ho Tsui ran a superb last leg as he overcame a big deficit to surge past Japan’s Sota Kawatsura and Chinese Chen Qiang. Japan grabbed silver while China surprisingly took bronze.

It was a disappointing day for the hosts. India did not manage to garner a single medal. The best performance by the Indians was a fourth place finish in the women’s 4x100 metre relay. S Srini, Merlin Joseph, Nanda Srabani and Asha Roy were the team members. The relay was won by China.

In the women’s heptathlon, Susmita Singha Roy secured fifth place with 5,328 points. Thai Wassano Winatho with 5,818 points won the gruelling eight-discipline event.

Satinder Singh qualified for the 400 metre hurdles final, while Manjit Singh in the 800 metres and Asha Roy and Dutee Chand in the women’s 200 metres all made the grade.

Chinese set two meet marks on Saturday in the women’s pole vault and javelin throw. Li Ling soared to 4.54 metres to seize gold, while Li Lingwei threw the spear to a new meet mark of 60.65 metres. Sri Lankan Nadeeka Lakmali also broke the meet mark with a throw of 60.16 to win silver.

India could not add to their medals count and remain in sixth place. The hosts have so far won 1 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze medals. China top the medals table with 12 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze. 

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